Christmas comes but once a year and for Camberley Town Centre this means a whole host of free events, Christmas shopping, live music and much more. The Camberley Christmas Light Switch On is this Saturday and this year is bigger and better than ever with the Christmas Farmers Market, live festive music, street theatre and more. Starting from 10am, High Street will be transformed into a festive Christmas Farmers Market with over 30 local traders selling a huge variety of local fresh produce at fantastic prices, plus demonstrations from local performing arts clubs and Christmas street theatre. The Big Switch On will be in The Mall from 4.30pm where you can watch Father Christmas, Postman Pat and Mayor of Surrey Heath Bob Paton switch on the Christmas lights. And if that wasn’t enough, Park Street plays host to an evening of live music from The Rock Choir and none other than Elton John – tribute of course. With so much happening Camberley Town Centre is opening its doors as the destination of choice for everything Christmas this season.
Managing Director for Collectively Camberley, Zoe Griffiths says “We’ve really pushed the boat out this Christmas and want to encourage as many local residents as possible to choose Camberley this Christmas. We have such a great variety of businesses within the Town Centre – from national brand names to unique independents there’s definitely something for everyone. Our 2013 Switch On saw a huge 16% increase in footfall so we’re hoping to achieve similar results this weekend.”
Collectively Camberley, the company behind the Town Centres Business Improvement District (BID) have revealed a host of Christmas promotions and free events which they’re hoping will entice shoppers into the Town throughout November, December and well into the new year. The team have worked closely with Surrey Heath Borough Council and The Atrium to secure 2378 free parking spaces after 3pm during late night shopping (each Thursday from 20th November – 18th December) across the town’s main multi-story car parks. In addition to this, Thursday 4 December will have a live ice sculpture display from 3pm where shoppers will be able to witness a 6ft ice figure come to life. Collectively Camberley and Surrey Markets will also be extending the regular farmers’ market in December across Friday 19 and Saturday 20 December with the inclusion of local choir groups and street entertainers.
In addition to their events, the BID team have recently released their 4th edition of the popular Little Book of Offers. Giving thrifty shoppers the chance to make some great savings, over 40 local businesses have put forward unique offers valid throughout November. Ten thousand copies of the books were produced and delivered to local residents across the borough and as well as being available in local pick up points in the Town Centre.
Finally, Collectively Camberley are helping to promote Small Business Saturday on the 6th December with a full day of podcasts with some of the Town Centres well known independent retailers. A national campaign created by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. Operations and Marketing manager for Collectively Camberley, Lucy Boazman says “Camberley Town Centre has over 70 independent businesses, some of whom have been trading in the Town for over 40 years! This is something we’d like to celebrate and give extra support to smaller businesses by encouraging residents to visit these businesses and spend locally this Christmas. Independent Business play a huge role in making Camberley stand out from our competitors and offer that extra special service or product you just can’t get elsewhere or online”